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NY Times: Germany Awards Grant for Encryption

Nov 19, 1999, 16:39 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Wayner)

"A branch of the German government on Thursday announced plans to give a grant of 318,000 marks (about $170,000) to a grass-roots effort to help create new data-scrambling software. The move is controversial because the United States government has been lobbying the German government to restrict such technology for fear that criminals and terrorists will use it to cloak their actions. The German government cited the need to protect electronic commerce and private communications against these same criminals and terrorists."

"The grant from the German Federal Ministry of Finance and Technology will go to the German Unix Users Group (GUUG) to help them enhance a program known as GNU Privacy Guard."

"A spokeswoman from the United States Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration, which enforces the government's control of encryption software, declined to comment on the grant until the agency received further details."

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